PCA SKIN

Hydrating Serum

Hydrating Serum
5.0

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

10.0Humectancy0.0Occlusivity

Rich

In Antioxidants

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Quite moisturizing. PCA SKIN Hydrating Serum has a moisturizing rating of 5.0 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Purely humectant. It has a maximum Humectancy of 10.0 out of 10 and zero Occlusivity (we didn't find any occlusives on the ingredient list).
Tip: Studies suggest that humectants alone do not moisturize the skin. We recommend applying a product with some occlusive ingredients after the use of this one.

What else is good about it? PCA SKIN Hydrating Serum is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to reduce the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus preventing accelerated skin aging.

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • NON-COMEDOGENIC
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • SILICONE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE
  • OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
80
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
6
GlycerinBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Soothing,Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
2.5
Sodium PolyacrylateSyntheticEmollient,Formula Helper
2.4
Sodium PCABotanical,SyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Formula Helper
2
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceBotanicalMoisturizing (humectant),Antioxidant,Soothing,Emollient
1.5
Sodium LactateBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Exfoliant,Formula Helper
1.3
GluconolactoneBotanical,SyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Anti-wrinkle,Anti-acne,Exfoliant,Formula Helper
1
Sodium HyaluronateBiotech,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Antioxidant,Soothing
0.3
Wheat Amino AcidsBotanical,SyntheticSoothing
0.3
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ ExtractBotanicalAnti-pigmentation,Emollient
0.3
Sodium BenzoateSyntheticFragrance,Preservative,Formula Helper
0.3
PanthenolSyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Soothing,Barrier repair,Formula Helper

Ingredients explained

Score

80

Function

Solvent

Origin

Naturally occurring

The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Score

6

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Soothing, Emollient, Fragrance, Denaturant, Solvent, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

The most popular moisturizing ingredient in the world. It is a powerful humectant – cheap yet very effective. Glycerin also has soothing and anti-irritant properties and is considered to be very safe for use.
Score

2.5

Function

Emollient, Absorbent, Binding, Emulsion stabilizing, Film-forming, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Synthetic

This white powder is primarily used as a viscosity controlling agent. It is added to the water phase, which then thickens to form a clear gel. Sodium polyacrylate can also serve as an emollient, absorbent, and emulsion stabilizer.
Score

2.4

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Antistatic

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic

One of the most important parts of the skin's Natural Moisturizing Factor, a mixture of various compounds that keeps the skin’s surface well hydrated. Sodium PCA is used in skincare for its fantastic humectant properties.
Score

2

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Antioxidant, Soothing, Emollient

Origin

Botanical

A gelatinous juice from Aloe vera leaves that acts as a powerful humectant, emollient, and antioxidant. It contains enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that soothe irritated skin and have wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

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